{Research Update}: Acupuncture and Digestion

What does the literature say about acupuncture and helping digestion?

A 2015 study published by the World Journal of Gastroenterology seeks to explain the connection between acupuncture and the regulation of gastrointestinal function. The study starts by explaining that in China acupuncture has been an effective form in battling gastrointestinal dysfunction diseases for thousands and thousands of years. Despite this information, there has not been enough review and academic writing on the topic, that is why this study looks to prove and explain the true extent of the connection between digestion and acupuncture.

Some promising results were found from this study. It was found that acupuncture indeed has the potential to treat gastrointestinal disorders by specifically regulating the motility of the gastrointestinal system. It is known that different acupuncture points produce different results throughout the body, the study also accounts for this, but emphasizes more work must be done in the future to explain the specific effects that every point supplies.

This is an area that needs to be reviewed more systematically by scientists in the future, but it does indeed show that there is evidence that acupuncture helps with gastrointestinal function. And an even wider ranging statement is made at the end of the study stating that the beneficial effects acupuncture creates could be due to specific pathways and transmitters within the nervous system.


At Starting Point Acupuncture our providers specialize in digestive health. To make an appointment to get your digestion back on track, call our office to schedule an appointment (425) 686-4498.

We see people with concerns ranging from heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, Celiac, Crohn’s, nausea, and gas/bloating. Combined with acupuncture we look at the whole person and create a specific dietary plan based on your individual needs to get you feeling better fast! It’s all about what you CAN eat!




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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
Dr. Heintze Acupuncturist and Naturopathic Doctor

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